Mer­chants hold sixth place

The Nor­wich Mer­chants won and lost dur­ing in their week­end games

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - SPORTS - gcol­gan@post­media.com twit­ter.com/ Gre­gatWSR GREG COL­GAN

MER­CHANTS WIN, LOSE

The Nor­wich Mer­chants be­gan the week­end with a 2-1 loss to the Wood­stock Navy Vets Fri­day, but bounced back with a 6-2 win against the Paris Moun­ties Sat­ur­day.

The Navy Vets opened the scor­ing in the first pe­riod, but Nor­wich’s Blake Pow tied the game at 8:12 on the power play with Harlen VanWyns­berghe as­sist­ing. Elms scored the gamewin­ner min­utes later. Tyler Gubesch made 34 saves, largely shut­ting down Wood­stock’s scor­ing chances.

The Mer­chants came back the next night with four goals in the first pe­riod to beat Paris 6-2.

Nor­wich saw Pow open the scor­ing 57 sec­onds into the game, with Peter Cap­pucci scor­ing on the power play at 5:58. Pow added an­other power-play goal at 13:07 and Ryan Day­man made it 4-0 at 13:22.

Paris scored a goal in the sec­ond and third, but Pow com­pleted his hat trick at 7:46 and Day­man added an empty net at 18:10. Troy Lamoure had two as­sists and Tyler Gubesch made 38 saves in net.

The Mer­chants also saw lead­ing scorer Ma­son Cooper move to the South­ern Ore­gon Spar­tans of the Western States Hockey League. Nor­wich picked up Peter Cap­pucci from the Grimsby Peach Kings and re­leased de­fence­man Liam Munro. They also re-added Matt Caskanette, who played with Nor­wich last year, af­ter he started the year with the St. Marys Lin­colns in Ju­nior B.

The Mer­chants sit at a 9-9-1 record and are in sixth place in the di­vi­sion. They visit the Ayr Cen­ten­ni­als Thurs­day and host the Tav­i­s­tock Braves Fri­day at 8 p.m.

TRO­JANS DROP PAIR OF GAMES

The Thames­ford Tro­jans lost both their games last week­end with a 6-1 de­feat to the Dorch­ester Dolphins and 11-2 to the Lam­beth Lancers.

The Tro­jans opened with the loss to Dorch­ester as the Dolphins scored five goals in the first two pe­ri­ods to take a de­ci­sive lead. Kody Trem­blay had Thames­ford’s lone goal and Mitchell Van Eind­hoven and Ash­ton Moore made a com­bined 43 stops in net.

Fol­low­ing the lop­sided loss to Dorch­ester, the Tro­jans were dom­i­nated by Lam­beth the next night as the Lancers had six third-pe­riod goals. Codey McRoberts and Jor­dan Win­ter had Thames­ford’s goals.

Thames­ford holds fourth spot with a 10-9 record. The Tro­jans host North Mid­dle­sex tonight at 8:30 p.m. and then visit the Aylmer Spit­fires Sat­ur­day and the Mount Bry­dges Bull­dogs Sun­day.

TWO POINTS

The Till­son­burg Hur­ri­canes of the Greater Metro Ju­nior Hockey League went 1-2 over the week­end.

The Hur­ri­canes opened with a 4-2 loss to the North York Preda­tors but then won 6-5 against the Lon­don Lak­ers. They ended with a 9-5 loss to the Kingsville Kings.

In their game against North York, Gray Sin­den and Noah Demelo scored in the loss. Their win over Lon­don saw Kimi­wan John­son, Luke Fraser, Maxsim Korobeinikov, Gray Sin­den, Noah Demelo and Grif­fen Sin­den score as Noah Ac­ciac­ca­ferri made 19 saves for the win.

Till­son­burg ended with a loss to Kingsville that saw Maxsim Korobeinikov score a hat trick, while Noah Demelo and Gray Sin­den added goals. Kyran Karol had four as­sists.

Till­son­burg’s 6-11 in the GMHL’s South Di­vi­sion. Their lone game is Nov. 17 against Northum­ber­land in Col­borne.

GREG COL­GAN/WOOD­STOCK SEN­TINEL-RE­VIEW

Nor­wich Mer­chants goalie Tyler Gubesch makes a glove save against the Wood­stock Navy Vets in Wood­stock, Ont. on Fri­day Novem­ber 10, 2017. Wood­stock won 2-1, but Nor­wich beat the Paris Moun­ties 6-2 the next night..

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